The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum –
a meeting of all the minds in our basin.

Since 2004, the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum has been a strategic incubator for cross-border research, management collaboration, networking and communication. 

The Foundation leads a partnership of agencies to organize the Forum each year.  Attended each year by upwards of 160 research and resource managers, the Forum is the "hub" for all groups working to ensure the future ecological integrity of the waters of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.

March 7-8, 2018:  Rainy River Community College, International Falls, Minnesota

Overview: Professional symposium for researchers and resource managers working in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed.

Themes: Climate change, nutrients & algae, invasive species, paleolimnology, fisheries, and new techniques — advances in monitoring, remote sensing, modeling, data management and visualization.

 Abstract Deadline: January 12, 2018.  Please submit the following to Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Presenter Information: Name, Research Organization or Agency, Mailing Address, Telephone, Email, Brief Bio.
  • Submittal Information: Author(s), Presentation or Poster, Title, Abstract, Location of study (i.e., lake name, river name, or GPS coordinate etc.).

AmericInn Inn, International Falls MN. Conference rate of $91.00 USD plus taxes. Make your reservations by February 19, 2018 and quote the group code WATER2018

Reservations: 1-218-283-8000 (front desk); 1-800-634-3444 (central reservations)

or online


Registration:  Online registration opens January 2, 2018 and closes March 1, 2018. Please register at the Foundation's website

  • Registration fee $80 USD.   Register and pay by February 5 to get the "Early Bird" discount of $70 USD
  • Students free with valid student ID - select student discount in the registration type field.
  • Registration includes the Forum Kick-Off Lunch on the 7th, the Foundation reception on the 7th, the walleye lunch on the 8th, and refreshment breaks both days.
  • Major credit cards are accepted for online payment and is the preferred option.  If necessary, you may choose an offline "Pay later" option such as Mail-in, Purchase Orders/Commissioners Warrants etc. but you must complete the online registration form and please ensure that payment is received by February 5 for the early bird rate.

To become a sponsor, please contact Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or toll free 886-370-8891.

The Forum organizing committee would like to thank our sponsors for assisting with the 15th Annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum. This event would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of the researchers and resource managers and the assistance of the following groups:

  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Dorset Environmental Sciences Centre (Ontario Ministry of Environment & Climate Change)
  • Rainy Lake Conservancy
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation


Limited travel support may be available to assist postgraduate students to present their research at the Forum, through the Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at the Foundation.  Support is typically offered for up to one student per year. 

Proceedings Reports of the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum are available from 2006 onward, here:  Forum Proceedings